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ABC Not Upset About Karina Smirnoff Posing in Playboy

Former DWTS contestant Cloris Leachman is fine with Karina Smirnoff baring all for Playboy and it seems that the Dancing With the Stars brass are equally blasé about it.

Since she’s the first of the show’s pro dancers to pose in Playboy — and she’ll be featured in May, just in time for the DWTS Season 12 finale — there was some thought that the producers of the show would be upset.

But a source close to the show tells People, "They did know ahead of time and they still gave her one of the best pairings." She’s dancing with Ralph Macchio, who is consistently close to the top of the leaderboard when it comes to scores — and he’s just adored by fans in the same way Season 11 winner Jennifer Grey was adored.

And it’s not like Karina is alone out there. Season 12 dancer Kendra Wilkinson posed in Playboy, as has co-host Brooke Burke. And that’s in addition to past DWTS competitors Pamela Anderson, Holly Madison, and Denise Richards. But we really hope this doesn’t give Len Goodman or Bruno Tonioli any ideas. Stay away from Playgirl, fellas!

Source: People


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04.13.2011 / 12:56 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
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